Lovely, powerful, and rich. Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger brings to this book an analyst's skill, a theologian's wisdom, and a pastor's heart, each in turn providing the language, the tools, and the hope needed in the face of great suffering. . . . This book is a treasure in our broken world.
Virginia Theological Seminary
A rich resource for pastoral caregivers and lay readers who seek to foster hope and healing in hard times. . . . Compelling and clear, Bearing the Unbearable brings into conversation a wide range of writers involved in clinical and pastoral work, synthesizing their contributions in a graceful gathering of insights that is shaped and made new by Hunsinger's own generous reflections on the role of prayer, humility, empathy, and openness to the Holy Spirit in the intimate work of accompanying others as they walk the dark stretches on their life paths.
-Marilyn Chandler McEntyre
Without question, caring community is an essential source of healing for survivors of trauma. In Bearing the Unbearable Hunsinger deftly displays practical pathways for ministers and congregations to provide this key component. . . . This volume will be a valuable addition to the ministers library, encouraging personal and relational restoration for both survivors and caregivers.
Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth
This is a splendid book of deep and practical wisdom. Each chapter gives major ideas on how to bear unbearable trauma and find pathways to healing. . . . Offers spiritual guidance as well as a wealth of information, bringing both healing and much knowledge.
-Ann Belford Ulanov